How to Survive a Snow Day at Home

Keep kids entertained with mobile devices.

By on January 25, 2013

Snow has already fallen across much of the country, and today many in the mid-Atlantic and northeast might face a fresh snow fall. For school-age children, that means only one thing – a snow day. When school is canceled because of inclement weather or it’s too dangerous to travel to the office, there are plenty of activities that can be done with the help of mobile devices to combat boredom or stay productive.

For outdoor fun, parents can use their smartphones to look up games and activities, such as how to build the perfect snow fort. They can also take pictures to share via Instagram or videos to post and share via YouTube.

Parents and children can also use their tablet to track the storm and forecast the weather patterns to determine if it’s they are better off hitting the ski slopes or staying closer to home by heading to a hill for sledding. The Weather Channel app provides info to help you plan your day. If you are off to the slopes, your 4G LTE device can provide you with up-to-the minute snow reports via apps like the Ski & Snow Report.

If you opt to stay indoors and want to keep the family entertained, mom and dad can introduce classic games from childhood, like MONOPOLY Millionaire, UNO or the Game of Life but with a new, updated spin by playing on a tablet.

Inspiration for recipes, activities and crafts to plan hours of indoor fun can be found on with the popular Pinterest app. For arts and crafts projects without the cleanup, Crayola DigiTools Deluxe Pack is a great mobile accessory that lets kids use a digital crayon or airbrush to create electronic masterpieces, making it easy to share on Facebook or to email to Grandma. 

While the kids are playing, parents can get work done from home with devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1). The pre-installed Polaris Office allows users to open and edit files. Plus, they can take advantage of the Galaxy Tab 2’s VPN connectivity and corporate email access all with device encryption. Mobile hotspot capable devices can also help keep users connected.

These are just a few ideas to help parents stay productive and keep kids engaged while the snow falls and the hot chocolate simmers.